Shamble


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Shamble is a verb that means to walk awkwardly or shuffle. It can also be used as a noun that refers to an awkward walk.

The precise origin of our word of the day is unclear, but it may have been derived from the phrase ‘shamble legs’ which referred to the ungainly legs of tables used in the meat market. According to this theory the word was then picked up to describe the walk of a person whose legs resemble such a table’s legs.

I was in bad shape after my accident. For weeks I had to shamble around because my legs took a while to heal.